CBS News Covers Up Abortion Funding in
Health Care in Misleading Factcheck

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
August 6, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- CBS News has become the latest mainstream media outlet to come under criticism from pro-life advocates for covering up the abortion funding tucked away in the government-run health care plan. The Associated Press had covered up the abortion funding but recently flip-flopped and admitted it exists.

In a Thursday news article posted on its web site titled "10 Health Care Reform Myths," CBS News lists number five as "Health Care Legislation Mandates Taxpayer Dollars Pay for Abortions."

"Nothing in the legislation, however, has 'mandated' that abortion services be included in the benefits package," CBS News claims.

CBS News contends the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved an amendment by pro-abortion Rep. Lois Capps, a California Democrat, "that would prohibit taxpayer dollars from funding abortions."

"The amendment would not allow the federal government to either require or prohibit abortion coverage by private insurers," CBS News claims. "It requires at least one plan from the federal health insurance exchange in each region of the country to cover abortion, and at least one of the plans to not cover abortion."

CBS News also cites Dan Gilgoff of U.S. News and World Report who also claims that private health care providers can pay for abortions but not use federal funds, under the plan.

The "factcheck" concludes by saying that Congress "has yet to determine" how the abortion funding issues will be resolved.

Referring to the infamous Bush Air National Guard memos CBS published that later turned out to be fake, Douglas Johnson of the National Right to Life Committee says the new factsheet "demonstrates that their analytic and forensic skills have not improved much since that episode."

Johnson tells LifeNews.com that CBS News' analysis of the Capps amendment is off base.

"The Capps Amendment was offered by a lawmaker with a 100 percent decade-long pro-abortion voting record, and it was opposed by all authentic pro-life groups, yet CBS presents the amendment as incorporating an anti-abortion policy," he said.

"In reality, under the Capps Amendment, the federal government would run a nationwide insurance plan that would cover abortion on demand," he explained. "Abortionists would perform elective abortions on government-insured clients, send the bill to the government plan, and get checks from the government to pay for the abortions."

CBS News appears to be taking the word of abortion advocacy groups who are denying that the health care restructuring bills in Congress include abortion funding in order to generate more support for them.

"The amendment contains a meaningless bookkeeping requirement, and that was enough to fool CBS, because they are suckers for misinformation when it comes from their friends," Johnson concluded.

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